2014: The Year In Review

A snapshot of some of the major events from 2014.

  • Royals picRoyals the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and baby Prince George spent 9 days visiting New Zealand and charming everyone they met.  In September it was announced that the couple are expecting their second child, due in April 2015.
  • New Zealand singer/songwriter Lorde has continued conquering the international music scene, scooping no less than two Grammys, one Brit Award, one APRA, two New Zealand APRA Silver Scrolls, one ASCAP Pop Award, two Billboard Music Awards, one iHeartRadio Music Award, one MTV Europe Music Award, one MTV Video Music Award, three World Music Awards and 6 New Zealand Music Awards.  Whew!
  • FIFA picBrazil hosted the spectacular 2014 FIFA World Cup, where Argentina lost 1-0 to Germany after extra time in a nail-biting game.
  •  The South Korean ferry Sewol capsized while carrying 476 people, mostly secondary school students.  In total 304 passengers died, provoking widespread criticism of the actions of the captain and most of the crew.
  • An explosion in a coal mine in Soma, Turkey in May caused an underground mine fire.  It resulted in the deaths of 301 people in the worst mine disaster in Turkey’s history.
  • In March, Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared shortly after take-off and is believed to have crashed 1,600km northwest of Perth in the Indian Ocean.  There were 239 people aboard.  In July the airline suffered another tragedy when flight MH17 was presumed to have been shot down in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew aboard.
  • In February Brendon McCullum scored 302 runs against India, making him the first New Zealand cricketer to score a triple hundred in Test cricket.
  • Valerie Adams picNew Zealand shot putting champion Valerie Adams was awarded the International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) World Athlete of the Year 2014.  This prestigious international award has previously been awarded to such athletic legends as Carl Lewis, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Michael Johnson, Usain Bolt and Yelena Isinbayeva.
  • Professional golfer Lydia Ko was ranked third in the LPGA Tour Money Leaders stakes for 2014 with estimated earnings of $2,089,033 for the year.
  • Two years after his debut for the All Blacks, Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick’s prowess in rugby saw him crowned World Rugby Player of the Year 2014, following in the footsteps of other rugby legends Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Keiran Read, Thierry Dusautoir and Jonny Wilkinson.
  • In September’s general election, the National Party achieved a convincing victory with 47% of the party vote and 60 of the 121 seats.  Following the Labour Party’s fourth election defeat in a row, David Cunliffe resigned as leader.
  • Ewen Gilmour picNotable deaths included Westie comic legend Ewen Gilmour, US actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, ex-pat Kiwi Charlotte Dawson, actor/comedian/producer Robin Williams, comedian Joan Rivers, actor/director Richard Attenborough and Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes.
  • The worldwide highest grossing movie for 2014 was … brace yourself … “Transformers: Age of Extinction”.
2014-12-03T12:08:07+00:00December 3rd, 2014|General|

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